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WATER SAVING RESIDENTIAL INDOOR PLUMBING

A family should attempt to have all of the following for Maximum Potable Water Savings:

Toilets:

- 1.6 gallon per flush toilets—powerflush (air bladder styles) are preferred.

- Dual flush toilets are available whereby liquid waste takes one flush(less water) and solid waste another.

- If not the above, conventional toilets may be modified for water saving with some of the following:

- Flappers that adapt to smaller than 3.5 gallons per flush.

- Toilet banks and toilet dams to displace normal amount of tank water capacity.

- Compost toilets are available but more for off site cabins etc.

Showerheads:

- 1.5 gallon per minute (1 gpm are available but that is not much water really) are available in massage style as well as straight spray

- Models with drip style temporary shutoffs are available.

Faucets:

- A family of four really needs a hands free(electronic) faucet in the kids bath--they do not look as clinical as before and are available in special finishes for a look any lady will enjoy.

- Pedal valves in the kitchen are nice to allow hands free. movement (available in finishes).

- .5 gallon per minute aerators can be put on non hands free faucets.

- Garage and outdoor faucets should be self or slow closing so they shutoff after 1 minute of use.

Water heating:

- Of course solar water heating is preferred and there are state and USA contributions available now through tax relief.

- If not the above consider instantaneous water heating either whole house (gas is preferred and rebates available) or point of use such as the favorite bath in the house.

- If not any of the above a recirculating pump at the farthest faucet. from the conventional water heater should be used

- Experts conflict on whether a water heater blanket really saves on a conventional water heater.

Energy Star:

Of course all appliances using water ie dishwasher, clothes washer should be Energy Star brands--there are even more efficient models available but there is a cost difference.

Showering and water heater expense are the 2 largest consumers of water and plumbing costs so those should be attacked first.

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